Readers being weird. And by weird I mean awesome.

At the end of the year I like to skim through my stats to see what search terms brought people to this site. It’s supposed to help me carve out a roadmap as to where the audience wants to go in the year ahead. From this excercise, I learned that 1. All y’all have a one-way ticket to Crazytown (Toot-toot — I’ll see you there!), and 2. You really, really want to know about removing candle wax from random stuff. You also like Niel Diamond, paper flowers, and new ways to upcycle pig sombreros.

It’s no wonder we get along so well.

That said, this is the time of year for carving out some plans for the blog in the year ahead. I feel like 2013 got away from me and now, when the year is fresh and the calender is blank, is the best time to start. Content here will always be my personal sandbox but if you were looking for stuff/posts/ideas/info on the interweb and came up short (I’m looking at you, you up-cycling hipsters with excess pig sombreros), leave a comment or send me an email so maybe we can tackle it together. I warn you, my existing knowledge base is very limited outside the realms of Liberace and sparkly things, so I make no promises, but whatever. This could be a fun exercise for both of us. Or all of us.

Anything you want to see on Aunt in 2014?


  1. Anonymous says

    I am a new follower and I wonder if you will have the Valentine cards exchange in 2014.?

    • says

      Yes, there will be an exchange. Details are being ironed out. Stay tuned!

    • says

      If any of your followers didn’t participate last year you really missed out. This is fun and so nice.

  2. says

    Edible glitter. What you could do with this just boggles my mind. (Pst…available at Michaels or the Wilton outlet off I-355 at 65th St.)
    More Lola.
    The unknown or unsung audaciousness that is Chicagoland. Maybe a series on what you can see from the ‘el’ in the morning on the way to work. (Maybe you’ve done this before, but I’m not a real long-time reader.)
    A once a month “OMG…new find” item.
    I love the stories you tell about your childhood. Your unique adventure gives you quite a perspective to look at life now.

    • says

      Edible glitter?!??! I can’t even imagine.

      That’s a great idea on the “ find” concept. I sorta so that on occasion but a semi-regular posting would be fun. Thanks for the idea!

  3. says

    Mostly your rants / clever writing. Your Happy Birthday, America post was one of my very favorite posts all year…from any blog.

    • says

      Dang, I hadn’t thought about that post since I hit “publish” last July. Ha! Well I’m glad you liked it. I’ll have to reread it on your recommendation 🙂

  4. Anonymous says

    I have a saying, I say it all the time when people receive stuff from me that I have made. How did you make that? With what? Paper? Seriously? My response:

    You gotta be crazy to be crafty.

    I think “craziness” (what I refer to as spiritual philosophy) is linked somehow to artistic/crafty endeavours because it taps into the same part of the brain. All my *philosophies* are directly linked through metaphor to creative endeavours. You have to admit that all artists are slightly cracked. Which makes their art have more depth of meaning!

    I cant really create unless there is a spiritual element or philosophy behind the craft or art I am creating. We mine the gold of creativity by first tapping into the crazy. Woop!

    • says

      Agreed. I am hard pressed to think of an artist/creative type who isn’t holding a heep of crazy. It’s good for us 🙂

  5. says

    Sing it with me……don’t go changing, to try and please me. you never let me down before…..

    • says

      Well said. Rest assured, no plans to change, just to get better organized with my approach. You guys give me so much…it seems fair to occasionally ask what you want in the first place. With more than 200 posts a year, there is plenty of room for a few requests 🙂

    • Deb in Oklahoma says

      LOVE the back stories that you include with some crafts. (The Old Tomato Wreath saga demolished me for the rest of the day after I read it. But in a good way.)

      And of course, MORE GLITTER! The world needs more spangles. It’s a depressing place sometimes.

  6. Anonymous says

    I sang along, too. Good advice for all of us. Thanks.

  7. says

    I live in a small, rented flat so your up-cycled storage solutions are a God-send to me and my two fur-babies – keep ’em coming, please!

  8. says

    I read your blog because you look at every day items completely differently than the rest of us. AND that is the coolest thing ever. From dying gems in a vintage broach to plastic Easter Egg cups…and yes, I know those were not in 2013…but I have pins! 😉 Oh and the other big important reason I like to read your blog? You are a good writer!

  9. says

    More of the same! And stories!! Your wonderful and funny stories. 🙂

  10. says

    I love your stories and your randomness. I would like giveaways if possible or gift exchanges. I want to do the card exchanges. I also like crafts from unexpected items.

  11. says

    I think you are doing great! You are an awesome nicehole and I hope to see you again 2014 😀

    Also I wish I knew who searched for “Neil Diamond pug hat.” That person is my friend.

  12. says

    I love your stories from childhood with your family, which brings back memories from mine, which may be different, but still make me smile, laugh and cry. Oh, and your shopping experiences! Those are awesome. Asking feedback from us – we learn from each other too. I love to see how you update your house each season.

  13. says

    LOL. These are hilarious! and i found your blog because of the wax, in like September and I’ve been a fan ever since!

  14. says

    I’d like to see more recycled/repurposed/eco-friendly projects. No more newly acquired plastic and other synthetic materials!

  15. says

    How do you check these stats? I use wordpress, and in my dashboard, it only ever says “Google Search” but won’t say exactly what was searched. Any tips?

    Also, LOVE your blog. You always make me laugh. Thank you so much! 🙂

    • says

      If you install Google Analytics you’ll be able to see all sorts of stuff about reader habits – how they got in, why/where they leave, popular trend habits. I barely understand any of it, but there are lots of tutorials on youtube. Handy stuff.

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